How to Encourage a Friend to get a Prostate Exam

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Reader Comments (38)

Wow, Ric(k) actually gets the last laugh. That doesn't happen often. Poor guy.

January 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Real men get the exam with local instead of general.

Me? I got the milk, propofol

All kidding aside, If you're of a certain age,just go get the exam.

January 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJack

Anything will kill you if nothing else kills you first.

January 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHans

"I've read that if nothing else kills a man first, eventually prostate cancer will." I see what you did there.

January 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKivi Shapiro

"He'll know all to well what hit him!" Perfect! (P.S. Are we sticking with 2013 or do you have more 2012 ones?)

January 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAidan

2012 ones? I'm waiting for him to hit us with something from 2010!

January 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterK7


February 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersphinxster

An annual PSA blood test is recommended for men over fifty years old. But that's not what you meant, is it?

Successful male stand-up comedians and cartoonists logically get appropriate health care, and include a prostate examination routine in their work almost immediately after the event, so you can read off current best practice from when a guy does this bit in their act, or, alternatively, you can estimate which birthday a performer had this year.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

For the first time, I laughed at one of the comments even more than anything in the comic. "Anything will kill you if nothing else kills you first." Well done, Hans!!!

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDel

A topic close to my heart! At least it feels like the Dr is that far in while he is rooting around back there checking out the prostate... :\

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

Wait, some doctors give anesthesia for the exam? Dammit.

"Those ain't hemorrhoids, doc. Them's speed bumps."

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjsc

A PSA for PSA's... A distasteful yet timely topic...

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterR. Dan

Well done, sir. A good PSA and a good laugh. This is going up on the wall of the gym locker room. Thank you.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Is the doctor Dr. Dre?

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterti702

What? No one is riffing on the 'stoop to manipulation' line in panel 3?

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvelynS

Well... My doctor is a woman, so the exam is much more acceptable!

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSolx

Dogs have been proven very successful at sniffing cancer - much more accurate than doctors can be.
Imagine of your doctor told you "We have the new non-invasive exam; you eat lots of cabbage and beans the night before, and then fart, and the doggie sniffs your butt. If he doesn't alert, you're done for the year. If he does, it's straight to colonoscopy, but we use anaesthetic"
...Would give new meaning to the phrase "man's best friend."

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

All I want is for the good doctor to buy me dinner or at least a drink first. Is that so much to ask?

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

"Thank you Mistress!"

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

I'm just afraid I'll end up getting Johnny Carson's old doctor; Dr. Bruno "Big Knuckles" Buttowski.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

In all seriousness, I'd be surprised if I survived long enough to get prostate cancer.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

I wish that Frank Zappa and Johnny Ramone could've seen this comic. The quality of today's music might have been greatly improved.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFuture Pharmer of America

As a gay man, the DRE doesn't even count as foreplay. Most of you poop out things bigger than a finger. It does not hurt.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Maybe Jack was confusing a prostate exam with a colonoscopy.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

James: I have some muscles down there so it's going to hurt -someone- if you take me by surprise. If you have to get my attention, a tap on the shoulder or something is better for everybody, I humbly suggest. And if you're also a doctor, well, I'll have made an appointment.

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

As a pilot, I get a DRE annually. Last time, afterward I asked my flight surgeon (whom I call "Dr. Banana Fingers" and who I have been going to for well over a decade) how many DRE's he's done in his life? "Hundreds...maybe thousands," he said, a little too gleefully if you ask me. I asked him if he'd ever found an "anomaly." He said, "Nope!" So I said, "Well why are we doing this?" He just shrugged and said, "This is how we've always done it. Call it medical inertia."

Screw this, no more DRE for me! I like Dee's above procedure better. "C'mere, Fido! Let's see if I have cancer!"

Funny comic! Rick gets off some good lines. A genuine LOL in every panel (which has become the standard by which all B.I.'s are judged) - especially the fourth!

February 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobbo

I love how many people are still complaining that you write these six weeks in advance. People, if you want the fresh ones then subscribe!

February 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSean

Wow, I have an appointment Monday for a check-up with a urologist, I think I will print that off and create another fan.

February 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

I'm going to trust in science -- it's been shown that there's no evidence to support prostate cancer screening. (USPSTF)

Unfortunately, there's still colorectal cancer...

February 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEric

He'll know all too well what hit him!


February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

"Stoop to manipulation" Intentional or happy accident ?

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

If nothing else kills a man first, eventually a prostate exam will.

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Research has shown that digital exams are worthless, says my doc. In blind tests, doctors don't correlate with themselves, much less other docs.

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSmackD

To quote Bill Engvall - "Why don't you tell me what I'm thinkin', Doc? 'Cause you're touchin' my brain."

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

I'm surprised that noone from downunder has posted any links to this story that was topical at the time.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertonelawc

One of my coworkers claims that there's no medical purpose to the DRE - it's just how the doctor establishes dominance.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbobczyronkel

I'm told that it can cure paroxysmal suprventricular tachycardia, a type of over-fast heart beat. And also hiccups.

February 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Both the strip and the comments are top-rated. My eyes are watering. Special mention goes to Bobczyronkel for his "dominance" comment. So finger-lickin' true.

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHorse Heaven
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